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Anyone else here a good student,but a bad test taker or had a terrible semester?Help!

renlizabethrenlizabeth Posts: 2Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in College Life
Hey all,

So I've been having a lot of trouble in most of my classes lately. I'm a junior going on senior, an accounting/finance double major. I seem to be getting terrible grades on my tests for some of my courses. I study so much and seem to grasp the material, but when I go in on test day I try to be confident and calm...but I get anxious inside because I know I'm a bad test taker. I take the test and usually walk out feeling semi-confident, but when I get my grade it's completely unacceptable and really embarrassing.

I've always been a good student and now I seem to have this terrible outcome when it comes to test taking. I've always had trouble on standardized tests and test taking in general, but I don't know what else to attribute it to or what to do about it. I need to improve.

Either way I'm completely down on myself and really in need for some advice and encouragement.

Anyone else here a good student, but a bad test taker or had a terrible semester? How'd you turn it around?
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Replies to: Anyone else here a good student,but a bad test taker or had a terrible semester?Help!

  • TheJourney123TheJourney123 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    The important thing to learn is that failure is a part of life. Every single person fails at an academic, moral, or practical level. Don't be fooled, every person fails at a small or grand scale. Your life will not turn out for worse because you have had a bad semester. There are people who have lost their legs and they still manage to "walk" it off.

    Next, you need to stop telling yourself you are a bad tester. Hypothetically, let's say you are a bad test taker, you don't need to constantly reaffirm it.

    There could be the possibility you can be studying a lot, but studying ineffectively. I can brush the floor with a toothbrush or a mop and get the same result. I can't help you with that because I can't witness how you study or what happens in your life on a daily basis.

    Practice breathing exercise perhaps before the test or during the test? Ignore the chatter of the students and the atmosphere of anxiousness that all students display before a test. Be a steadfast tower, don't fold like a deck of cards.

    Ask for help. Ask for the right help. Communicate with your professors, they will be happy to help, if not find someone you can trust.
  • SL123456SL123456 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I just searched in the toolbar bad test taker because im going through the same thing...
    and i must admit it was comforting that others feel the same way, and also the persons response was really nice.
    and i agree, cant keep reminding yourself youre a bad test taker. i do it too. a lot of stuff is "all in your head"
    but i also dont really have a solution, ive had this problem for a while..its not that i get bad grades, but considering how much i feel like i know compared to people i study with and the grades we get it just doesnt justify my knowledge.
    but what ive noticed is the biggest thing is your mentality when taking the test. i felt like stressing myself out for a test made me do good, made me focused. but you have to be confident and know that you studied enough and somehow calm yourself while taking the test and get in the zone. everyone has bad days...
    hopefully we can figure it out, im just doing trial and error. hopefully one day ill find a way? hoping for a little less error...
  • anialwaysanialways Posts: 1,210Registered User Senior Member
    Hi

    I am going to agree with you partially. Because good students can get anxiety attacks and that can cause one to to do badly. BUT the bigger issue is how to fix that. You can lessen or avoid anxiety only if you prepare well. And to prepare well the whole learning process has to undergo a change.

    So the tips that I am going to share with you are some that have helped my D. She was so stressed out her freshman year that she would fall sick right before her exam either with really bad sinus or hyperacidity. Leaving home for college was very overwhelming, too many adjustments. So apart from learning some de-stressing techniques she had to consciously and actively change her learning style and go from little/casual preparation, which worked well for her through High School, to changing her learning techniques that would make sure she was giving her hundred percent.

    1. Make sure you attend all the classes.

    2. Sit in the front row in the class.

    3. Participate in the class. If you do not understand, ask.

    4. Use the Office hours. You will be surprised what a difference this can make.

    5. Always do and submit your assignments on time.

    6. Break your preparation into manageable portions. Too much at one time can be overwhelming.

    7. Practice and do sample papers.

    8. Join a Learning centre at your school.

    9. If you can afford one, hire a private tutor.

    10. Do not Procrasinate.

    Accumulated work can be so overwhelming and damaging to one's self-confidence. Because then you start questioning your ability. And that affects your preparation. And that leads to self doubt and anxiety and panic attacks. It is a viscious circle.

    Once you do these thoroughly and sincerely, you will begin to feel more confident in your abilities and capabilities and that will build your self-confidence, which in turn will take care of anxiety and panic.


    The other thing that you need to learn are Tips for Reducing Test Taking Anxiety.

    The following links might be of some help. Do not worry too much. You can do it. You have to believe in yourself. And the more prepared and educated you are about this condition, the better your coping mechanism will be.

    Reducing Test Taking Anxiety

    http://shcs.ucdavis.edu/topics/test-taking.html
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